We took a walk down to the lake yesterday and were surprised to hear a symphony of frogs! They were loud and they did not stop once we got down near the water. We were able to spot a few and get some good pictures.
This frog we identified as a Northern Green Frog.
We think that this is a Fowler’s toad, but we are not quiet sure. It also could be an Eastern American Toad but the Eastern American Toad usually only has a small number of warts on it’s back. Cool thing though sometimes the Fowler Toad and the Eastern American Toad make hybrid toads. MS
Last week we started discussing dissolved oxygen in class. We discovered that there are a bunch of things that impact DO and we wanted to see if there was a big difference between early and late spring. We know that photosynthesis has a big impact on the amount of dissolved oxygen there is in the water. With a lot of the plants at the lake growing and blooming there should be more DO later in the spring. Although, there may be less because temperature impacts DO as well. We will just have to see. Mrs. Storey came with a really sweet probe and we were able to use it with an extension pole.
With the warmer weather and spring rain our apples are blooming! It was really cool to see the trees start to flower. There are many buds and small branches around the base of the trees and next week we are going to learn how to prune the trees to help them grow better. It is easier to see what trees are the two pear trees. They have a little bit of a different bud shape and the flowers are not white and pink, they are a darker pink with a little bit of white. We will see the true difference when they are fully bloomed.
We measured the trees in the fall and will measure them again later in the spring and see the growth. Some of us have named our trees!
In 4th hour we made pancakes in the kitchen in natural expressions. We used the maple syrup that was brought in from Ella and they tasted awesome. We ran out of batter so we didn’t get a ton but they were really good. Cope was our chef along with Zarik. They both did a really good job cooking. I hope we get another chance to make pancakes.
In our natural expressions class, we bring the classroom outdoors. We tap maple trees to make syrup, we identify invasive species, and we even make snow art. However, what I want to talk about how we did something that was not only a learning experience, but also something that saved a life. We rescued an injured bird.
In the previous hour, one of my fellow students noticed a bird flailing around on the outside ground and pointed it out to me. I knew I had the Natural Expressions class next hour, so I decided to tell my teacher, Ms. Sevigny, about it when we got there. Thanks to her decisive action, we were able to rescue the bird and send it to the Grand Rapids Wildlife Rehab center.
Wildlife Rehab Center